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PETER MACKENNAL

ARTISTS BACKGROUND

Peter Mackennal was born in Melbourne, Victoria in 1940. He now resides and works from his Studio in Noosa Heads in Queensland or his studio in Richmond Victoria.

Peter comes from a long line of artists who have left their mark on the Australian art world. His Great Grandfather, John Simpson Mackennal was a sculptor and modeller who worked on the design and construction of various projects in Melbourne including Parliament House and the GPO, also many designs for War Medals, Australian Stamps and Coins.

His Great Grandfather had two sons who both went to the National Gallery of Victoria Art School. Horace became an Architect finishing his career as Chief Government Architect for the State of Victoria, also the Commonwealth Director of works for Victoria.
His Grandfather’s brother, Sir Bertram Mackennal KCVO RA, studied and majored in sculpture at the National Gallery of Victoria School of Art, alongside his colleagues Arthur Streeton, Frederick McCubbin and Tom Roberts. Bertram eventually moved to Paris to further his studies and shared a studio with his long time friend Auguste Rodin. He was the first Australian artist to become a member of the Royal Academy of Art and was awarded a Knighthood in 1921 by one of his benefactors King George V.
His work can be viewed today in nearly every major gallery around the world.
Interesting his Great Grandmother on his mother’s side was part of the Pre-Raphaelite group of artists including her cousin the poet Algernon Swinburne.

Peter’s parents were both talented artists and were a major influence on his desire to paint. Peter studied art at College then continued to study with his friend and mentor Leonard French. Peter’s work continues using empirical symbols and ancient art forms. His work characterised by his strong use of colour, bold and defiant in nature, with highly textured surfaces. His preferred medium of choice is acrylic with polyurethane and oil based paints, giving the surface a high gloss finish often pushing the boundaries with the use of marble dust and plaster sculptured into the textured forms on the canvas and hessian.

Peter first exhibited at the Herald Sun exhibition in 1969 where he received a honourable mention.
Peter’s work forms part of many collections worldwide, in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Hong Kong , Scandinavia and in Australia.

Education

Geelong Grammar(
Brighton Grammar
Ballarat College
RMIT University(Marketing)

Exhibitions

EXHIBITIONS

2015 Solo Exhibition Julia Carter Gallery Noosa Heads Qld
2014 Entrant in “The Archibald” Art Prize Sydney NSW
2014 Solo Exhibition Cube Gallery Richmond Vic
2013 Joint Exhibition Cube gallery Richmond Vic
2013 Joint Exhibition Barry Sherman Gallery Armadale Vic
2013 Showing South Yarra Art House Gallery South Yarra Vic
2012 Solo Exhibition Cube Gallery Richmond Vic
2012 Exhibition South Yarra Art House Gallery South Yarra Vic
2012 Joint Exhibition Cube Gallery Richmond Vic
2011 Solo Exhibition Shuffle Gallery Melbourne
2011 Solo Exhibition Carrington’s Gallery Noosa Heads Qld
2010 Joint Showing Artistry Gallery Gold Coast Qld
2010 Joint Showing Artistry Gallery Malvern Vic
2010 Solo Exhibition Carrington’s Gallery Noosa Heads Qld
2009 Solo Exhibition Shuffle Gallery Melbourne Vic
2007 Joint Exhibition Main Street Gallery Montville Qld
2006 Joint Exhibition Main Street Gallery Montville Qld
2004 Solo Exhibition Murphy Fine Art Noosaville Qld
2003 Solo Exhibition Murphy Fine Art Noosaville Qld
2001 Solo Exhibition Rumba Noosa Heads Qld
1999 Joint Exhibition Hecker Gallery Caloundra Qld
1998 Solo Exhibition Hastings Street Gallery Noosa Heads Qld
1997 Solo Exhibition Hastings Street Gallery Noosa Heads Qld
1994 Solo Exhibition Hastings Street Gallery Noosa Heads Qld
1980 Solo Exhibition Scales Gallery Malvern Vic
1979 Solo Exhibition Scales Gallery Malvern Vic
1978 Solo Exhibition Scales Gallery Malvern Vic
Joint Exhibition Manyung Gallery Mornington Vic
1969 Herald-Sun Exhibition (Honourable Mention) Melbourne

Peter’s work forms part of many collections worldwide. Inc the Gavin Anderson
Collection New York, the Thiras-Wilson Collection Los Angeles, the Bulot Family Collection Paris also the Kerry Packer Collection Sydney. Other collections in Hong Kong, Gt Britain & Sweden.

Other Information

2011 Judge for RMIT University 2nd year Art Students Exhibition.
• 2011-2013 assisting Disability artists with their artistic skills.
• Peter mentors various artists during the year working with him.
• Peter also works as a studio Technician with established artists.
• Peter has worked in Spain,Italy,France,United Kingdom,Asia and the USA

124cm (W) x 124cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$2,300
100cm (W) x 100cm (H)
Mixed Media
$2,650